Friday, 19 April, 2019

Fisher-Price recalls rocker amid reports of infant deaths

Rock 'n Play Sleeper by Fisher-Price Rock 'n Play Sleeper by Fisher-Price
Priscilla Morrison | 13 April, 2019, 04:10

"Since the 2009 product introduction, over 30 infant fatalities have occurred in Rock 'n Play Sleepers, after the infants rolled over while unrestrained, or under other circumstances", the notice said.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says that anyone who bought any models of the Fisher-Price Rock 'n Play sleeper should stop using it right away and contact Fisher-Price for a refund.

The recall covers about 4.7 million of the sleepers, which cost between $40 and $149. "We continue to work closely with the Consumer Product Safety Commission regarding the safe use of our products, including the Rock 'n Play Sleeper".

Consumers should stop using the product immediately.

In May 2018, the CPSC issued a warning to parents indicating they were "aware of infant deaths associated with inclined sleep products", specifically, "bassinet-like products with an inclined back to elevate the baby's head and torso". In an article this week, Consumer Reports found that some of the infants died from suffocation.

In addition, the American Academy of Pediatrics recently urged the CPSC to order a recall on the Rock 'n Play immediately, claiming that its April 5 statement "did not go far enough to ensure safety and protect infants".

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Fisher-Price did not immediately issue a recall for the device's after the CPSC's warning, and it's unclear what prompted the change.

CPSC and Fisher-Price also reminded parents to "create a safe sleep environment" and never add blankets, pillows, stuffed toys, or other items to the Rock 'n Play.

Consumers who have a Rock 'n Play Sleeper can contact Fisher-Price for a refund or voucher.

Last week the CPSC warned people not to use the sleepers for infants older than three months old, since they are more likely to roll over.

"Infants should always sleep on their back, on a separate, flat and firm sleep surface without any bumpers or bedding", Rachel Moon, MD, FAAP, said in a statement. "Fisher-Price and every one of our employees take the responsibility of being part of your family seriously, and we are committed to earning that trust every day", it said.

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